Defibrillation in Medical Practice

med-aed“In health care environments where an AED is available, it is important that all staff who may be called on to use it are trained and that their qualifications are kept up to date.”

(Standards for Clinical Practice and Training).


This qualification, and the learning outcomes covered thereby, are based on the recommendations of the European Resuscitation Council, the Resuscitation Council (UK) and the Skills for Health Assessment Principles for First Aid Qualifications.

The aim of the qualification is to enable Learners to attain the knowledge and competencies needed to deal with Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillation (AED). Learners should be able to demonstrate the practical administration of safe, prompt, effective CPR and use of an AED in emergency situations.

Intended audience

This qualification is designed for clinical and non clinical staff in healthcare institutions who have an obligation to provide an effective resuscitation service.

Structure of the qualification

This qualification is based on 6 minimum guided learning hours*. Initial training is delivered in 4 hours. Refresher training is delivered in 2 hours.

*This does not have to be face to face instructional time and can include self directed study.

Learner outcomes

The Level 2 Award in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Automated External Defibrillation Skills has one unit that learners are required to complete in order to achieve the qualification.

Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation and Automated External Defibrillation Skills

  • Understand basic life support requirements.
  • Be able to demonstrate CPR techniques, AED and recovery position in line with current national guidelines.
  • Understand post resuscitation guidelines.
  • Carry out basic user maintenance and troubleshoot problems with an AED.
  • Understand the safe use of an AED

Course cost

The Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation and Automated External Defibrillation Skills course is delivered in-house for clients across the UK and globally at a time to suit you. The cost of this, inclusive of learner resources, handouts, CPR and AED Made Easy books and certificates*, is:

  • Initial training from just £480.00 for up to 12 people.
  • CPD training from just £360.00 for up to 12 people

A certificate is issued by Simply First Aid*.

The intervals for retraining will differ according to the characteristics of the participants (e.g. lay or healthcare). It is known that CPR skills deteriorate within months of training and therefore annual retraining strategies may not be frequent enough. Whilst optimal intervals are not known, frequent ‘low dose’ retraining may be beneficial.

ERC Guidelines, 2015

*Simply First Aid is approved to deliver qualifications listed on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF). If you would like QCF certification, this is available at an additional cost.